Korean and American by nationality, Steve Oh was born in Chicago, but grew up in places as diverse as Austria, Croatia, and South Korea. Oh attended Blair Academy, a private boarding school in New Jersey, and various colleges in Rhode Island and Pennsylvania before deciding to pursue Industrial Design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.
While at Art Center, Oh studied Product Design. His studies were abruptly interrupted for fulfillment of his required two years service with the Korean Army at the Demilitarized Zone. After service, he began a design internship at Woongjin Coway in Korea developing kitchen appliances and coordinating with international design studios to contract for Coway. Resuming his studies at Art Center, Oh uncovered his true passion for furniture design and his work exhibited at the 2011 Milan Furniture Fair. He participated in Herman Miller Design Storm proposing concepts for future workspace and worked in a transdisciplinary studio with Chrysler on showroom enhancements and overall brand direction developments.